None of us can come to the highest maturity
without enduring the summer heat of trials.
—Charles H. Spurgeon
If you recall, I did a series on Habakkuk last year. You can read it here, here and here. This article by S. Michael Houdmann fits in very well with the series. While you’re at Blogos, take the time to look around and read some of the other great blog posts.
Other than in my daily “through the Bible in a year” readings, I don’t read the minor prophets very often. But, my favorite book in the minor prophets is Habakkuk. I read through Habakkuk recently, and I was astounded at how easily the message could have been written to the USA in 2015 instead of Israel in 600 BC.
To summarize the Book of Habakkuk:
Habakkuk asks God how long He is going to allow the wickedness in Judah to go unpunished (1:2-4).
God declares that He is going to send the Chaldeans/Babylonians to destroy Judah (1:5-11).
Habakkuk questions God as to how He can use the Chaldeans when they are even worse than Judah (1:12-2:1).
God essentially tells Habakkuk to trust Him, and assures Habakkuk that He will judge the Chaldeans as well (2:2-20).
Habakkuk declares his faith in God and trusts in His salvation (3:1-19).
Living in the USA in 2015, I sometimes feel like Habakkuk. It blows me away how quickly the USA has descended into depraved wickedness. Romans 1:28-32 could be our national slogan.
Read the rest here.
So we do not lose heart.
Though our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us
an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
as we look not to the things that are seen
but to the things that are unseen.
For the things that are seen are transient,
but the things that are unseen are eternal.
—2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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